Satellite Racing Network Launches Four Channels of
Live Horse, Harness and Greyhound Racing on DISH Network
Littleton, Colo., Monday, Oct. 4, 1999 EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP announced today that it will offer four channels of The Racing Network (TRN) on DISH Network starting Oct. 29. TRN will be offered as a sports package for $24.99 per month, plus ALL of DISH Networks 2.8 million customers can catch a sneak preview of TRN starting on Oct. 15 on channel 900 or 901.
All four TRN channels featured on DISH Network will provide coverage of up to eight racetracks per day, seven days a week, with full card coverage of a combination of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing from over 60 racetrack content providers.
"Were extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with EchoStar to offer TRN to DISH Network customers, which together makes a great service for deliver live racing to the home," said Bill Hogwood, president and CEO of The Racing Network. "The launch of TRN on DISH Network is part of TRN's overall commitment to make live racing accessible alongside all other major sports to the broad pay-TV audience and provide racing fans with a low-cost entry to racing."
Starting Oct. 15, TRNs sneak preview on channel 900 or 901 will feature two hours of greyhound racing each Thursday from 8 - 10 p.m. ET. Each Friday, a two-hour harness racing show will air from 9 - 11 p.m. ET. Thoroughbred racing will be featured on Saturday nights from 9 - 11 p.m. ET. These two-hour live racing specials will act as preview shows to introduce sports fans to the excitement of live racing. The sneak preview is available to all DISH Network customers who have a dish pointed at 119 degrees West Longitude.
"The Racing Network offers premier racing programming for the growing number of viewers watching this genre of sport," said Bill Vanderpoel, vice president of Business Television for EchoStar. "DISH Network is thrilled to be able to provide exciting interactive sports such as TRN to customers and bring all the action of live horse, harness and greyhound racing straight into their living rooms."
The Racing Network channels will be available Oct. 29 to DISH Network customers with a satellite dish pointed at 61.5 degrees West Longitude on channels 585-588, and during the month of November, TRN will offer all four racing channels FREE. Customers will also have access to popular programming packages offered on DISH Network, such as Americas Top 100 CD package for only $28.99 per month.
Customers can order The Racing Network on DISH Network by calling 1-877-746-4876. More information can be found on the TRNs website, www.trn.com.
The Racing Network, LLC, is a partnership between the parent companies of Transracing Inc. Racing Inc. (TRI), The Ontario Jockey Club (OJC), Ladbroke Racing Corporation (Ladbroke) and International Investment and Underwriting Limited (IIU).
TRI, the owner of Philadelphia Park, and its two founding partners, Bill Hogwood and Bob Green, led The Racing Network concept development. A strong strategic partner in the formation of The Racing Network is Canadas premier racetrack owner and operator, The Ontario Jockey Club. David Willmot, President and CEO of the OJC, is Chairman of the Board of The Racing Network. Also a partner in The Racing Network is Ladbroke Racing Corporation. Ladbroke, owner of Golden Gate Fields (Albany, CA) and The Meadows racetrack (Meadow Lands, PA), is a division of Ladbroke Betting and Gaming, which is owned by Hilton Group plc. Ladbroke brings formidable experience and credentials in gaming and horse racing operations, as well as distribution, to The Racing Network partnership. IIU is a private company owned by Dermot Desmond, who has a large number of direct investments focused on leisure, sports, aviation and technology.
DISH Network is EchoStars state-of-the-art direct broadcast satellite system with the capacity to offer 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) and currently serves 2.8 million customers. DISH Network was also rated number one in customer satisfaction among satellite/cable TV subscribers by the J.D. Power and Associates 1999 Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction Study. EchoStar V, EchoStars newest, high-power direct broadcast satellite, launched Sept. 23 on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket. EchoStar V allows DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high definition television, more local channels, and high-speed interactive television and data services. For more information, visit www.dishnetwork.com.